Parenthood is a challenge, but children grow up at lightning speeds. Each special moment passes at the blink of an eye. And as quickly as it happens, each moment is gone. Whether it’s their first step or their first word, it happens in an instant. However, there are some days parents wish would end. So, although it can be trying at times, here’s how to enjoy each and every moment of parenthood.

A Mile a Minute

With an already busy life, adding children to the mix only speeds it up. It’s incredibly easy to become wrapped up in work, daily errands and your never-ending to-do list. And don’t forget your ongoing responsibility of carrying out the basic survival task of keeping everyone alive. This whirlwind of reality tends to distract the best of us from the precious moments in our child’s life.

So, resist the urge to rush through your days and take time to enjoy your child. You’ll be glad later when they leave the nest. Imagine the memories you’ll share when you do more things together. Enjoying parenthood means recognizing those cherished moments. Termed, “mindful parenting,” today, you’ll enjoy each moment much more.

The Juggling Act of Parenthood Today

Having the luxury of undivided attention with your first child may grant you excess time and energy to be more diligent in capturing these precious moments. But if you’re daring enough to add another kid or two, forget about it. As you and the children grow older, and parenthood becomes more demanding, this all-too-brief period disappears in a blink of an eye. Someone always needs something, just as there is always something to be done.

And this is especially true for single parents. However, if you can find ways to be more organized, you’ll save time. And that time can go towards spending it with your children. Hang a calendar where you’ll see it every day, as well as a bulletin board. Encourage your kids to add to each, too.

Where Did the Time Go?

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. And you’ll find yourself repeating it to your children about your grandchildren, “They grow up so fast. Cherish every second.” As much as you may be sick and tired of hearing it, it’s true. This parenthood advice is one for the ages, passed on from one generation to the next.

One day they need you for everything and then before you know it, they are all grown up. So, soon, they’ll independently make their own choices and decisions.

Enjoy Every Moment of Parenthood

Don’t let these years pass you by without enjoying those priceless memories you’ll hold on to for years to come. Let the laundry pile up. Let those dirty dishes in the kitchen sink stay there. It’ll get done, but maybe not right this second. The mess of toys on the floor isn’t hurting anyone. Leave it for later.

In those moments when you can choose to either spend quality time with your child or do a household chore, pick your child every time. Tickle them. Hug them. Kiss them. Make them laugh. After all, isn’t that what parenthood is all about?

Empty Nest on the Horizon

It might be hard to envision now, especially if your children are young, but there will come a day when your house will be quiet and empty. Your children will be busy and preoccupied with their own lives and families. So, don’t take the parenthood years for granted, because before you know it, they’ll pass you by. When looking back on this time, you won’t remember how clean the house was, but rather those special moments you shared.